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Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Loop Sawnee Mountain Preserve, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.8 MILES
DIFFICULTY 3.1 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
460
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Loop

Hiking to sweeping views to the north, the Indian Seats Trail System at Sawnee Mountain Preserve doesn't actually climb the namesake mountain, but rather travel the neighboring mountain. Besides hiking, the park offers tree climbing, rock climbing, rappelling, birding, and other activities, making this an excellent family outing. Just don’t bring the family pet; dogs are not allowed in the park.

Since this data was collected, the trails have been rerouted slightly and the loop is now listed as 3.5 miles.

The trail can be accessed from either the main entrance and visitor’s center area, or the parking area on Bettis Tribble Gap road. This description is starting from the latter. There is a large parking area, clean restrooms, playground, and plenty of picnic areas to enjoy. Walk past these to begin on the Indian Seats Trail.

If heading counter-clockwise, the trail quickly begins to gain the majority of its elevation, making its steepest ascent to the Indian Seats and an observation deck at the top. The Indian Seats consist of three depressions in the rock along the overlook that resemble seats, used by the Cherokee for ceremonial purposes. This is the highest point along the hike and is where you will find open views to the North.

Continuing, the trail makes a long descent down the other side toward the visitor’s center. The trail is well marked, making navigation easy. Stay on the Indian Seats trails to finish the last leg of the loop, passing a couple of blocked off abandoned gold mines.

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Details
length2.8 miles
difficulty3.1 Easy
duration1 - 2 hour
features Summit  Views 
trail typeLoop
blazeNone
elevation gain460 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestSawnee Mountain Preserve
ranger districtSawnee Mountain Preserve
4075 Spot Road
Cumming, GA 30040
770-781-2217
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.245439, -84.139137 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°14.73, W 84°8.35 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°14'44'', N 34°14'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
34.245439, -84.139137 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°14.73, W 84°8.35 most GPS units use this one
N 34°14'44'', N 34°14'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The Visitor's Center is at the northern trailhead located at 4075 Spot Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
Notes
Trail hours: Nov-Feb 6am-7pm, Mar-Oct 6am-9:30pm.
No dogs allowed.
The trails have been rerouted slightly since this information was taken. The loop is listed as 3.5 miles now. The trail is wide and easy to follow.
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4.5 (2)
jonblaze07-6 days ago
Awesome Hike!!!!!!
This hike was great exercise and the views at the top were very memorable. If you want a great sweat and breath of fresh air please check Sawnee Indian Seats Trail.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Summer 2017
hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
Don't Bring The Dog
Great short loop. Amazing view. Just don't bring the dog.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2012
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